The following are five of the most important actions parents can take to keep kids safe from underage alcohol use.
1. You should clearly express your position on alcohol abuse.
There must be no question that you have a 100% expectation that your children will stay alcohol-free until they are 21 years of age. Surveys have shown that this clarity is a decisive factor in reducing underage alcohol use. According to the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, a teen whose parents would not be extremely upset to find out their kids were drinking is ten times more likely to drink than one who says his parents would get extremely upset with him. Be crystal clear. Repeat the message from time to time.